from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Used to indicate understanding or to signal the fact of having caught or defeated another.
- n. A game or endeavor in which one party seeks to catch another out, as in a mistake or lie.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- Got you; have you; as in capture or apprehend.
- Understand; comprehend.
- Got you covered, got your back; when you have an advantage or responsibility over someone.
- Got you back; as in after causing some form of retaliation or revenge against someone.
- Got you by surprise; Exclamation indicating a successful trick or prank.
- Got you by surprise; as in engineering or computer programming; typically an unintended consequence or problem caused by a small variation in areas such as command syntax, function definition, results application.
- n. A potential problem or source of trouble.
Besides, the term "gotcha question" is so out of fashion.
Some people are criticizing last night's presidential debate, including Barack Obama, who likened it to what he calls gotcha games.
The governor supporters say that's partly because she's been a victim of what they call gotcha journalism, and they say working class voters are firmly behind her regardless.
The Governor attacks what she calls gotcha journalism in her latest sit - down interview, a new interview.
I think that part of what we call gotcha journalism today -- the idea that the function of a reporter is to catch an official in a lie, in a some kind of minor misfeasance -- is partly the result of Watergate.
Your use of the word "gotcha" in mock irony suggests that bringing this up is a mere debating trick.
Newt Gingrich, whose candidacy has floundered, argued repeatedly with the debate panel over what he described as "gotcha" questions when his internal campaign problems and contradictory statements came up.
The possible gotcha is that your phone might be "Locked" to AT&T.
That the time and effort of the police were wasted in some absurd political game of gotcha is the real pity here.
If Hannity's is a for-profit, commercial broadcasting enterprise and not a registered political action committee, is it possible Hannity's show is breaking election laws by turning the show into a three hour daily "gotcha" - thon during elections?
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